Hundreds of walkers streamed through Magnolia Sunday, Sept. 18, on the last leg of the 60-mile Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure Walk to support a search for the cure to breast cancer.
Cammy Hendrix lives on Emerson Street in Magnolia and when she heard they would be walking past her house, she rolled out the welcome wagon with signs, cookies & milk, candy and lively music to entertain the tired walkers. She contacted neighbors and friends to come join her in creating a cheering station and the walkers offered many tired thanks and appreciation for the support and refreshments.
Walkers of all ages pushed their way along Emerson Street next to Discovery Park as they wound their way through Magnolia towards 15th Avenue N.W. to eventually end up at Centurylink Field (formerly known as Qwest Field).
Pink was the color of the day and was displayed in some wildly creative costumes. Members of the SPD rode bikes decked out in pink, while firemen in full gear and pink ribbons trudged proudly along the route along with the sea of women walkers. Some wore pictures of the loved one they were walking in memory of, while others proudly displayed “survivor” across their various pink outfits. Many walked in teams with matching outfits. All had very tired legs and feet. One woman even managed to walk with a therapeutic boot on her foot.
Participants had walked the Bellevue and Redmond areas Friday and Saturday, sleeping in tents and starting out walking early in the morning until 6:00 p.m. each night. Lights were out by 9 p.m. at night to prepare for the next day’s walk.
All were walking to raise money for a cure and many traveled from other states to participate in the “journey of a lifetime” that would culminate in a closing ceremony at Centurylink Field where they would receive a victory shirt and join in the emotional victory walk. Many of these walkers participate in this grueling walk every year to support the search for the cure – and most would tell you it’s to honor those who have lost the battle or are still bravely fighting.